Abrasive blast systems are a vital part of the construction industry, and can be incredibly useful for you when you are trying to create a smooth surface. There are many different kinds of abrasive blast systems that you can use, and each have their own technique to do and produce slightly different results.
Some abrasive blast systems can be used to roughen up a smooth surface, while others can be used to remove contaminants from a surface and abrasive blasts can also be used to reshape a surface. No matter what your need for an abrasive blast system is, they all work relatively the same way.
How Does An Abrasive Blast System Work?
Abrasive blasting works by pushing a stream of abrasive material at a surface with high pressures to change the texture of a surface. This process is also known as sandblasting, as sand is a very common material used in the abrasive blasting industry. Some fluid, usually compressed air, will push the material out at high speeds and can completely change the way that the surface feels. Depending on the surface, using different styles of abrasive blasting can be the most beneficial and safe. Here are a few of the materials that you can find in an abrasive blast system.
Sandblasting is the generic term given to abrasive blasting. However, many abrasive blast systems use sand as their abrasive material. The sand is mixed with air and moves through the hose at high pressures to give an even finish to a surface.
Wet Abrasive Blasting and Vapor Abrasive Blasting
These methods of abrasive blasting are very similar to sandblasting, but implement water. Wet abrasive blast systems completely replace using air as the mover of your abrasive material, and vapor abrasive blasting is done when you add air into your wet abrasive blasting mix. These two kinds of blasting are much weaker than regular sandblasting and can be used on more materials. On top of that, since you are lubricating the surface, cleanup is easier after you finish blasting.
Hydro-blasting a surface can make the whole process of using an abrasive blaster simple. Since it is just high-pressure water, there won’t be much of a need for cleanup afterwards. This can be used to clean surfaces and reach areas that other methods of cleaning can’t reach. This method is clean for the environment, as water can just flow back into the system if it gets caught, and will cause no damage to plant and animal life, as long as it isn’t pointed at them.
Is Abrasive Blasting Dangerous?
Abrasive blasting can be safe if the proper precautions are taken. If they aren’t then bad things can happen and it can affect the health of not only the users, but also the health of those that come by later on.
Abrasive blasting can leave dust particles in the air, and these particles can be unsafe to breathe. Having a proper cleanup crew come by and clean up after abrasively blasting an area is important and if not done properly, can be cause for concern about the health and safety of the people that need to use that area.
The whole process of abrasive blasting can be dangerous if not handled properly. It is shooting out abrasive materials at very high pressures, and if aimed at a person, could severely hurt them. If you work around abrasive blast systems, make sure that you are taken all of the necessary safety precautions, and wearing the right clothing for the job. If you aren’t prepared, you can severely hurt yourself or others.